Celebrity Postseason Survivor down to final dozen

Celebrity Postseason Survivor down to final dozen

It was a tough Division Series round for our participants in MLB.com Celebrity Postseason Survivor, which is down to a dozen people all still vying for a $10,000 prize for his or her favorite charity. Four of the five most-predicted playoff teams were eliminated, including both Los Angeles clubs, who had accounted for 29 of the 51 picks last week.

So we say goodbye to well-known Major League Baseball fans like Bryan Cranston, Nick Jonas, Jeff Daniels, Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Jason Mraz, Ty Burrell, Kemba Walker, Haley Joel Osment, Alan Thicke, Mayim Bialik, Hank Azaria, the bands O.A.R. and Switchfoot, and Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor and Frank Thomas.

Even Roger from "American Dad!" missed the LCS cut.

Here's something you've never heard in October before: Half of all remaining MLB.com Celebrity Postseason Survivor contenders astutely chose the Kansas City Royals in the first round. The remaining survivors include three who went with Baltimore, two who chose San Francisco and one Cardinals fan who correctly predicted that they would make it to a fourth straight NLCS.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith made a much-anticipated return to San Francisco over the weekend, and after a 22-17 loss there against his former 49ers team, he said, "It's tough, you're competitive. You want to win the game."

Hey, at least there's still MLB.com Celebrity Postseason Survivor. Smith is among the six who chose the Royals, along with actor Eric Stonestreet, PGA Tour player Gary Woodland, master chef Graham Elliott, two-time All-Star outfielder Johnny Damon and former NFL running back Merril Hoge.

Correctly predicting Baltimore's ALDS victory over Detroit were pop-rock twins The Madden Brothers (Benji and Joel), MLB Network talent and 2004 Red Sox world champion team member Kevin Millar, and actor George Newbern of ABC's "Scandal."

Aisha Tyler, co-host of Emmy-nominated "The Talk" on CBS, joined San Francisco 49ers legend Steve Young as survivors who picked the Giants to get past Washington. And if the Cardinals go all the way to a 12th World Series title, then MLB.com will give $10,000 to Cure SMA, because that's the designated charity of Sports on Earth columnist Will Leitch, who went with his favorite team.

The next round of picks will be revealed before the LCS round opens on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, starting with Kansas City at Baltimore in the ALCS on TBS, and followed the next night by San Francisco at St. Louis in the NLCS opener at 8 p.m. on FOX.

We can just picture the trash-talking on the "Modern Family" set in the near future. Burrell went with the Angels (his Mets were not a choice), and now he has to watch and see how far Stonestreet goes with his deft Royals pick.

In MLB.com Celebrity Postseason Survivor, participants can change teams from round to round if they wish. Each participant selected one team of his or her choice prior to the first Division Series game. If their DS pick advanced, then they each predicted which of the remaining four clubs would clinch a berth in the World Series. If their team is eliminated, then so are they.

In the World Series, the intensity picks up just like the Fall Classic itself. Each surviving participant will select a winner before the first pitch of each game. If the team loses in that game, the person is out. During the World Series, with each pick to win the game, they will also predict how many runs that team will get (primary tiebreaker) and what the final score will be (secondary tiebreaker).

Out of the 51 original participants, here was the breakdown showing where they come from: 17 actors (including one eliminated animated character, Roger from "American Dad!"); 15 MLB personnel (including four from MLB Network); six in music; four from the NFL; two from the NBA; two Sports on Earth talents; one comedian; one chef; one PGA player; one UFC competitor; and one agent.

Their breakdown by Division Series predictions were as follows: 15 for the Dodgers, 14 for the Angels, six for the Royals, five for the Tigers, five for the Nationals, three for the Orioles, two for the Giants and one for the Cardinals.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.